Trip Start May 25, 2009
111Trip End Sep 30, 2009
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THE MONASTERY OF MOLIVDOSKEPASTI
Molivdoskepasti village is about 15 km away from Konitsa.
250m from the Greek-Albanian borders, next to the quiet Aoos, the monastery of Molivdoskepasti imposes its lively presence. Today Molivdoskepasti is a peaceful and beautiful border village, that history has left its own tracks.
It is an active monastery owes its name to the lead roof which has now been replaced by slates
The history of the monastery goes back in the early Middle Ages. According to tradition, its founder was the Byzantine emperor Constantine from Pogoni and based on an inscription in the interior of its nave, it dates back to the 7th century.
The construction of the nave itself uncovers at least 3 phases: the small three-cornered space with the dome (11th century) the cross-roofed hall from the 14th century, and finally the open narthex which is separated from the main church by a wooden door carved with representations from the Bible, an exquisite symbol of local art.
The stone remnants from the 14th centrury onwards. The hagiographies are from the 16th century.
The monks there were very busy cleaning and preparing the Monastery for the big day – the 15th of August which is a Great Religious Day for all Christians.
Many women from the village, but also from other places were busy also, helping the monks there.
We were offered (lukumia) delights and cold water.
A plastic bag full of freshly cut tomatos were given to the driver of the coach by a monk, for any one of us who wished to have one.